Wild garlic in flower

Onion family

Onions, amaryllis and relatives make up a family of monocotyledonous flowering plants. Members are widely distributed throughout the world except in Australia. By far the most important members of this family to humans are the onions, garlic and chives. These strongly flavoured species have been widely cultivated and used in cooking and medicine for thousands of years. Other notable species include the popular and colourful daffodils and the amaryllis.

Scientific name: Alliaceae

Rank: Family


Map showing the distribution of the Onion family taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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